"Mr. Klein" (1976) — FINAL DAY

(Sept. 6-19) — “This has nothing to do with me.”

It's 1942, and in Occupied Paris, Alain Delon’s Catholic Klein seems to be sitting pretty. An attractive mistress, an apartment crammed full of expensive paintings, sculpture, tapestries — and mirrors — most of which he’s bought at fire sale prices from Jews eager to emigrate/flee. But then he finds a Jewish newspaper delivered to his doorstep, and the protests and desperate search for his Aryan heritage begins.

An indictment of French complicity on the eve of the infamous Vélodrome d’Hiver roundup, with Claude Levy (one of the chief interviewees in Marcel Ophüls’ "The Sorrow and the Pity") as historical consultant, "Mr. Klein" was received coldly by French audiences, who objected to its depiction of wartime collaboration. Yet it still went on to represent France for the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or and would win three Césars (French Oscars) for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Production Design

"Mr. Klein" was blacklisted American director Joseph Losey’s first film in French, with a screenplay by "Battle of Algiers" writer Franco Solinas, assistant director Fernando Morandi and an uncredited Costa-Gavras (who was originally to direct).

“Seductive… splendidly visual.” — Vincent Canby, The New York Times


Thursday, September 19, 2019 (All day)



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